Old Havana – A Vibrant Wedding Photo Shoot By Revelry Events With a Vintage Twist

by Michelle

We have such a vibrant photo shoot to share with you today brought to you by wedding planners Revelry Events, who we have been delighted to feature on the blog a couple of times recently.

The theme of the photo shoot is Old Havana and the images below really do capture the all the vitality and energy of this unique city.

Havana captures the imagination as it’s a city like no other. The faded grandeur of it’s colonial past meets rich saturated colour and the sound of salsa music permeates the night air.

So, if your looking for a wedding theme that’s vibrant, yet laid back, lively but also elegant, then take a good look at all these images as Old Havana would be a perfect match for you.

Did the shoot have a title?

Old Havana in London

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

Not the sexiest of inspirations for such a super-sexy theme, but Cuba first came to mind for us when Obama (we miss him already) lifted the trade restrictions in 2015.

We knew it was going to be the next hot destination for travellers, and that usually means wedding and decor inspiration isn’t far behind!

Where and when did the shoot take place? Can you tell us anything further about the location?

Kensington Roof Gardens (now so sadly closed!) could not have been a more perfect spot to recreate Old Havana.

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The Spanish Garden had muted pastel backdrops, vine-covered walkways, brightly coloured benches, fountains and statues that just transport you to another time and place – you would never know you were in the middle of busy West London! And of course, the flamingos…

Describe the style of the shoot. Was there a specific theme?

We wanted this shoot to capture the essence of Old Havana – music, dancing, cigars and mojitos against a backdrop of charming colonial architecture. Vibrant and flirty!

We used vintage, muted colours to reflect the 1950s time capsule that is Cuba, as well as tropical brights to enhance the fun, flirty vibe.

On the tabletop we had a beautiful combination of the two – lush greens with faded peach florals and vibrant coral candles to create a dynamic, busy look.

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What was the main focus of the shoot? What were you promoting?

When it comes to shoots, we’re usually just led by the heart! We like to try out new styles and expand our portfolio to include something a little unusual or out of the ordinary. That was Havana for us – a London wedding with a vintage Cuban twist!

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What were the highlights from the shoot?

We worked with the amazing Mary Jane Vaughan team to create the table top and two bridal looks – we wanted a fun and flirty bouquet for the tulle skirt look, and a simplified palm arrangement for the slinky satin gown. The blooms they found were incredible and they really made the shoot.

We worked with Xander and Thea Photography for the images, as Alethiea’s fine art style lent itself to the vintage, romantic look we were after. InstaWedding also captured our shoot on film with their iconic vintage style.

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Hair and makeup were by the incredible Patricia Soper and Mel Kinsman, who pulled off two very different looks for our bride.

The hand painted flamingo show stopper of a cake was by The Cake Parlour.

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And Jennifer’s Paper created some Hemingway-inspired, flamingo-adorned invitations to complete the look.

Options Hire and Table to Dine for brought the look together for the tabletop.

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Our bride wore two looks – one Andrea Hawkes slinky satin number, and the other bridal separates from Watters


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The Supporting Cast

Planning & Design: Revelry Events

Photography: Xander and Thea

Venue: Kensington Roof Gardens

Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan

Cinematography: Insta Wedding

Hair: Patricia Soper

Make Up: Mel Kinsman

Cake: The Cake Parlour

Bride: Floret Fauna at BMA Models

Linens: Table to Dine For

Tableware: Options Hire

Bridal Separates: Watters

Bridal Gown: Andrea Hawkes

Suit: Peter Posh

Stationery: Jennifer’s Paper

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